Catholic University Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. I was the Editorial Assistant in the Public Affairs Office at Catholic University. I learned a lot about writing as a j

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, and was given many hands on projects of my own to do. Very good if looking into a journalism career in the future! This position was part time and also paid which was great for being able to work multiple jobs to not only earn experience within a field, but also earn money over the summer.

    Cons

    A lot of writing involved, most of which was not incredibly exciting. I enjoyed the program a lot, however realized journalism was not my thing. The job could sometimes get redundant a bit boring.

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    Great job on the intern position, I really did enjoy it! I learned a lot, and also felt like I made connections with the people within the office. They provided great opportunities for the future regarding another internship, yet also very helpful in moving to a different job in providing references. Thank you!

    Recommends
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  2. A wonderful school to work for.

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University

    Pros

    Rewarding work. Great benefits. Time off.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the school is in DC.

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    n/a

    Recommends
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  3. If you're upright and have integrity, don't work here!

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a beautiful campus filled with lush trees, gardens, and rolling green spaces, but it's a "whited sepulcher."

    Cons

    The administration is based on elitism, hypocrisy, and a "good 'ol boy" mentality. Never mind that it's Catholic; some of the worst hypocrites grace this place and give the Catholic Church a bad name. The HR department operates on nepotism and who-you-know, and if you don't look like what they want, no matter how qualified you are, you will not be considered. Liars and cheats, most of them! And the good ones get out fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the current regime and fill it with truly compassionate, give-a-damn people who live up to the Golden Rule, and aren't peopled with priests trying to claw their way to the top of the ladder. Add some diversity and humility, then maybe your numbers will improve.

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    Great place to not work

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    CUA has a terrific tuition benefit for employees and dependents. They have generous paid time off, and a holiday schedule that includes a long Christmas break, and half day Fridays in the summer. The campus is nice and everything is relatively close together. Most of the staff are very friendly.

    Cons

    The location is terrible. The pay is embarrassing and most if not all of the administrative staff is paid poorly. The majority of managers and incompetent. Manager either fall into that role because they have been there forever, they all lack development, and leadership. Or, a manager is technically good but lacks leadership ability and they treat their employees poorly with zero consequences. Senior leadership looks the other way and does not want to address the issue. There is zero opportunity for professional growth and development unless you take a class on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust salaries for your hard working staff! Deal with the managers that behave badly and treat employees poorly. Listen to what employees want and need by conducting an employee survey. Management must deal with poor managers instead they look the other way. It's demoralizing to employees. Its no wonder staff turnover is high. Provide employee some professional development.

  6. Unsatisfying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    friendly community, great location, good benefits,

    Cons

    questionable supervisors, no maternity leave????, no set professional development budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, don't just hire for fit but for competency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great organization to be a part o

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great organization to be a part of.. fosters an environment conducive to learning. Allows adjuncts to think outside of the box and have complete control of subject matter.

    Cons

    Compensation structure could be better, personal growth depends completely on you - whether or not you want to put in the extra work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Working at Catholic University was an incredible experience.

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    Former Employee - Sacristan in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sacristan in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office culture at CUA is professional; however, the people that work there are interested in the whole person, not just a numbered-employee. I felt as though I was a person, not an object.

    Cons

    The work-life balance in my job was often challenging.

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  9. If you are about to retire and have no desire to advance in your career path, this is the place for you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus/landscaping, managers and staff members are pleasant to work with. Generous vacation and holidays, low-stress job.

    Cons

    The IT department had gone through horrible restructuring and reorganization that resulted in massive layoffs and resignation. Generally staff are treated as a second class citizens and the pay for staff is really low. Due to some financial predicament in the past few years, salary for mid and low level staff has remained static. Some of the senior level staff are over paid.

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  10. Not worth the money

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    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    As a post-grad fellow, I enjoyed working for my professor, but it was only a short-lived position, so it really didn't get me too far.

    Cons

    They don't really have much in the way of support once students have graduated and are still struggling to find jobs. I've been out almost four years and still have not found permanent employment.

  11. Good atmosphere, very poor research laboratories

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Managers are very nice and the work place is peaceful

    Cons

    The facilities are old and not very comfortable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values are very good and respectful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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